The current wave of
history books written from the point of view of one, often seemingly
unimportant product, whether it be salt, coal, spices, plants,
or in the case of this book, drinks, sends me into positive
paroxysms of happiness, because they present history in a form that
I actually enjoy! My dusty old school history books were
enough to turn off all but the most inspired historian, and
especially unappealing to girls with their emphasis on battles.
The only light relief came in the form of 1066 and All That
by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. - but even that was
intended for an adult audience of a previous era (it was first
serialized in Punch in the 1920s, and I'm not that old!)
Today things are different. Children have access to an ever increasing range of fun history books ...